E.B. The Younger debuts “When The Time Comes” video

With his debut solo album To Each His Own due for releasenext Friday, E.B. The Younger (aka Eric Pulido from Midake) has shared a playful video for his current single “When The Time Comes”. The video, directed by actor Jason Lee and Exploredinary, reenacts an episode of ‘Playboy After Dark’ that inspired Pulido while on a hunt for live Harry Nilsson footage. Speaking of the video and the short-lived 1960s show, Pulido says… “Host Hugh Hefner would mingle with the hip attendees and the aesthetic and vibe was that of a casual 60’s cocktail party which included a featured performer. Acts like Grateful Dead, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf and many more performed and some loose interview banter was exchanged as well. I felt like these cool types of show formats don’t really exist as much any more and it’d be a fun way to tip my hat to the reference and style of yesteryear.

Co-director Jason Lee also added… “Getting to work with Eric Pulido and Chris Pastras on the ‘When the Time Comes’ video was like a reunion of sorts. Chris and I had collaborated with Midlake 15 years ago on our Stereo Skateboards video ‘Way Out East!’. And so to be able to direct Eric and Chris in a video for Eric’s debut solo record was really special for me.

“What came before you is why you’re here now,” declares the man born Eric Brandon Pulido. “So embrace both the past and the present.” The frontman of Texan legends Midlake embraces both past and present times for his glorious debut solo album To Each His Own, under his new enigmatic alias E.B. The Younger, released 8th March via Bella Union.

To Each His Own is a deeply personal record rooted in Pulido’s love of warm, glowing rock, folk and country hues that came of age in the 1970s woven with contemporary recalibrations: guitars ripple, sigh and sizzle alongside gliding keyboards over crisp, choppy and becalmed rhythms. Pulido’s lyrics equally look back and forth, philosophising about his place in the world, the choices he’s made, and where they have taken him.

Or, as he describes To Each His Own, “an eleven-song journey through the life and times of a wayward Midlaker seeking to find purpose in an uncharted land. Will he find his way? Listen, and ye shall find.”

Early acclaim for To Each His Own

“Assured songs beautifully framed by sparkling arrangements, the defining touchstones are Harry Nilsson and an 80s Californian gloss exemplified by opening cut Used To Be.” MOJO

“An assured solo debut… Swoony Nilsson harmonies, melancholic lyrics about the inevitability of ageing and funky yacht rhythms. All crumpled George Harrison lushness that cracks a brew and watches the sun sink.” Record Collector

“Sunny and upbeat… Traces of Nilsson, the Eagles, CSN and Wings are readily discernible on what is basically a loving homage to 1970s soft–rock.” Uncut

To Each His Own is warm and assured. Pulido reinvents himself convincingly as a reflective ‘70s singer–songwriter, coming over musically like a more well–adjusted Father John Misty.” Shindig

E.B. The Younger shares “Out of the Woods”

With his debut solo album To Each His Own due for release 8th March via Bella Union, E.B. The Younger (aka Eric Pulido from Midake) has shared a video of him performing an acoustic version of the track “Out Of the Woods”, directed by the Refueled Creative Agency. Of the track and video Pulido says: “Being ‘out of the woods’ often refers to that of escaping difficulties or problems. I liked the juxtaposition of using that reference while also placing goodness within the ‘woods’ as well. Doing this stripped down version of the tune is a cool representation that the Refueled folks captured so beautifully.”

To Each His Own is a deeply personal record rooted in Pulido’s love of warm, glowing rock, folk and country hues that came of age in the 1970s woven with contemporary recalibrations: guitars ripple, sigh and sizzle alongside gliding keyboards over crisp, choppy and becalmed rhythms. Pulido’s lyrics equally look back and forth, philosophising about his place in the world, the choices he’s made, and where they have taken him.

Or, as he describes To Each His Own, “an eleven-song journey through the life and times of a wayward Midlaker seeking to find purpose in an uncharted land. Will he find his way? Listen, and ye shall find.”

Pulido’s “wayward” phase began in 2014 with a break from Midlake, “to invest time in kids and musical projects less physically demanding”, he says. His first project was the transatlantic collective BNQT, a self-described ‘poor man’s Travelling Wilburys’ featuring Pulido, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Fran Healy (Travis), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) who recorded the 2017 album BNQT – Volume 1. But To Each His Own is all Pulido – or rather, E.B. The Younger.

“It’s an antiquated way of naming a younger member of a family,” he explains. “I’m expressing, simply, that something greater came before me. It’s countering the idea in today’s culture that everything revolves around ourselves, that we’re the most important thing in the world. I feel that humility is a lost virtue – you only have to look at America’s current leader to see just how lost – which I want this record to represent. Honesty, empathy, love.”

In this case, honesty begins at home. Solo debutantes typically distance themselves from their musical past, but Pulido freely acknowledges Midlake’s presence on To Each His Own, from the three Midlakers in his backing band to an album title that stems from his memories of band discussions. Says Pulido: “It’s very common in bands to have artistic differences, and we were no exception. Saying ‘To each his own’ was almost a way to collectively acquiesce and move forward when differences would arise. It’s OK that we feel differently, because both opinions are valid. The phrase is also about me doing something on my own, a statement that it’s OK to define who you are outside of what has defined you before.”

With Pulido on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, he drafted in Midlakers (and BNQT contributors) Joey McClellan (electric guitar), McKenzie Smith (drums) and Jesse Chandler (flute), who dovetail with Scott Lee (bass), Daniel Creamer (keyboards) and Beau Bedford (keyboards) from local country-funksters The Texas Gentlemen to form an empathic ‘alt.Wrecking Crew’ of session players. Bedford is also the album’s principal producer, while studio engineer and Centromatic drummer Matt Pence acted as the overarching producer, alongside Pulido, as well as adding percussion and occasional drums.

As Pulido explains, “Midlake self-produced and recorded everything, but as with BNQT, I wanted to embrace collaboration. I’d present songs with just voice and acoustic guitar and ask the musicians where they heard things going, and so we built the songs up organically.”

Within that organic build, Pulido still had specific ideas in mind. He singles out the late, great Harry Nilsson as a key influence. “Midlake songs were often cerebral and minor-key and I wanted some of mine to be more playful and buoyant and major key, which Harry did so well, while still making deep, thoughtful music.”

Pulido also hears traces of The Eagles, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Wings and CS&N in To Each His Own, plus an “eighties vibe” to the record’s freewheeling lead single ‘Used To Be’, inspired by The Last Waltz, the film documentary about Pulido’s all-time favourites, The Band. As he recalls, “The guys are sitting backstage playing ‘Old Time Religion’, and Robbie Robertson says, ‘It’s not like it used to be!’, which has always stuck with me. But it’s OK by me that it’s not like it used to be. Embrace where you’re at, and look forward. Be both the old and the young.”

The closing title track emanates a palpable sense of peace while crystalising Pulido’s past-present/old-young mindset: “I’ve been about all alone / I’ve never felt so good before… And what we did before / No I do not ignore”. With a new BNQT album in the works Pulido is already looking forward. But his present is E.B The Younger, and his effortlessly melodic, gorgeous songs invested with honesty, empathy and love. Listen, and ye shall find.

To Each His Own will be released 8th March on Bella Union and is available to preorder here